SSIT Newsletter

The Society on Social Implications of Technology publishes a monthly newsletter.

The SSIT newsletter hits member inboxes on the 15th of each month.

Please contact the SSIT Newsletter Editor, Heather Love ( if you have a news item, SSIT-related update, volunteer opportunity, Call for Papers, award notice, or “Feature Article” idea for a future issue.

Submissions are due by the 20th of the month prior to the newsletter’s distribution.

From our most recent issue:

2018 IEEE SSIT Carl Barus Award Announced

Submitted by Bradley Kjell, SSIT Awards Chair

The IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology is pleased to announce that Dr. Philip Koopman has been awarded the 2018 IEEE-SSIT Carl Barus Award for Outstanding Service in the Public Interest. The citation of the award reads: “For uncovering major automotive software defects causing unintended acceleration, and despite attacks, publicizing and successfully testifying about its dangers.”

Dr. Koopman is an associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests include self-driving car safety, dependable embedded systems, and embedded systems security. His investigations into automotive throttle control computer systems revealed safety-critical design defects. This work should inform not only future designers of safety-critical software for automobiles but also all computer-based system designers.

The Barus Award is bestowed to an individual or group who has acted within the field of interest of the IEEE to protect the health, safety or welfare of the public, despite risk to their career and professional reputation. More information about the award is on our website.

The award will be presented during SSIT’s annual conference, ISTAS, which takes place 13-14 November 2018 in Washington, DC, USA. Dr. Koopman will be one of the speakers at the conference.

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